After the reviewing and ranking process, proposals were presented to and approved by the NWTF Nebraska Board of Directors. The Board of Directors budgeted $30,000 for conservation projects and $24,619.34 for other projects, including outreach-education events and 4H Shooting Sports support.
“The volunteers in Nebraska are doing a great job of putting their dollars where they matter,” said Annie Farrell, NWTF district biologist for Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. “They walk the talk, and we are pleased with how the budget turned out this year. I’m excited to see these great projects unfold in 2023.”
NWTF award funding will be matched with more than $4.7 million in partner funds for the approved projects, representing a 168:1 match rate for NWTF funding.
The Nebraska State Board of Directors dedicated $30,000 in funding to the following Hunting Heritage Super Fund projects directed at Nebraska habitat conservation objectives. Specific project awards include:
• $5,000 to support the new wild turkey research project at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
• $2,500 to support USACE Harlan County Lake invasive species removal project
• $2,500 to help purchase prescribed burning equipment for the Lower Platte South NRD
• $15,000 to support NWTF’s Waterways for Wildlife Initiative
• $5,000 to support the NWTF district biologist position
In addition, $24,619.34 was approved for Hunting Heritage efforts in Nebraska. This funding was approved to support education/outreach efforts such as the JAKES program ($3,550), NWTF’s Hunting Heritage Fund ($250), national NWTF wild turkey research ($3,500), volunteer travel for National Leadership Conference and the 50th Anniversary NWTF Convention ($13,000), Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Take Them Hunting program ($1,000), Eustis Gun Club ($3,000) and other miscellaneous projects and conference support ($319.34).
About the National Wild Turkey Federation
Since 1973, the National Wild Turkey Federation has invested over half a billion dollars into wildlife conservation and has positively impacted over 22 million acres of critical wildlife habitat. The NWTF has also invested over $8.5 million into wild turkey research to ensure the wild turkey population remains healthy. The organization continues to deliver its mission by working across boundaries on a landscape scale to increase clean and abundant water, healthy forests and wildlife habitat, resilient communities and robust recreational opportunities across the U.S. With the help of its dedicated members, partners and staff, the NWTF will continue its work to provide Healthy Habitats and Healthy Harvests for future generations.